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County Court rules ITV does not need to provide subtitles on their ‘ITV Hub’ service

Maynard v ITV PLC Registered Office Claim No. D4QZ88PO

The claimant alleged that the Defendant was obliged to provide subtitles when transmitting ITV channels live over the ITV Hub, known as ‘Simulcast’. The claimant was accepted as a disabled person under Equality Act 2010, s6, as he is deaf in both ears. The defendant submitted that Simulcast is exempt from the ‘reasonable adjustments’ requirement of the Equality Act by virtue of it being a ‘content service’, as defined by the Communications Act 2003.Held: The claimant’s statement of case is struck out for having no reasonable grounds. Simulcast is statutorily defined as a ‘Content service’ by the 2003 Act and therefore is excluded from the operation of reasonable adjustments duty by the exception provided in Equality Act 2010, para 31(1) of Schedule 3.

MOJ negligent in failing to prevent attack on vulnerable prisoner

Krstic v Ministry of Justice & Anor

The court held that the Ministry of Justice had been negligent in failing to prevent three prisoners from attacking another vulnerable, high-profile prisoner. The court found that the claimant should not have been moved to the prison, which lacked the necessary facilities to keep him safe from prisoners who had obvious motives for harming him. The court awarded damages for physical injuries and the severe post-traumatic stress disorder.